Tyrod Taylor is likely going to find his way onto a lot of fantasy sleeper articles for week one, and deservedly so. Taylor had a great preseason posting 236 passing yards, 108 rushing yards, and one touchdown while completing 77 percent of his passes.
Heading into week one against the Colts, Taylor is likely going to have to do a lot for the Bills. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bills down early and forced to air it out during the second half.
Taylor should post solid passing yards, but the real reason people are excited about Taylor is because of his running ability. He’s one of the fastest quarterbacks in the NFL and broke quite a few big runs in preseason action.
Taylor is a risky week one play considering he’s never started an NFL game, but he is going against a very mediocre defense, and Taylor will be forced to put the team on his back.
Royal has been somewhat of an aggravating fantasy player over the past few years. Every once in awhile he’ll post a big game with multiple touchdowns then he’ll fall back into the shadows. However, that likely won’t be the case this year with Royal locking up the Bears starting receiver job next to Alshon Jeffery.
Dating back to Royal’s rookie year, he and Jay Cutler had quite a bit of success together with Royal posting 91 catches and over 900 yards.
There is some concern about Alshon Jeffery’s week one availability, but even if he plays Royal is still worth starting.
Jay Cutler has been known to lock on his top targets, and without Brandon Marshall, Royal figures to be the next man up.
The Bears play the Packers week one, and like the Bills, figure to be down quite a bit early. Jay Cutler will be forced to resort to his gunslinging mentality which will create plenty of opportunities for Royal playing in the slot.
Royal is only owned in 10.5 percent of NFL.com leagues, that needs to change.
Some Patriots Running Back
It remains to be seen which Patriots running back is going to be the fantasy stud of week one, but right now it appears Brandon Bolden is going to get the majority of the rushing attempts. But who is going to be the receiving threat?
After losing Shane Vereen, there hasn’t been a clear-cut replacement for that role. Will it be James White or Dion Lewis?
Reportedly, Lewis is the running back to own, but if you can swing it, why not add both? Either Lewis or White will likely have a big game and why not get a leg up on your league and make a speculative add before the game starts.
If I had to pick from either Bolden, Lewis or White I would probably go with Lewis. Bolden is surely going to lose the lead running back role once LeGarrette Blount Returns, but Lewis is being talked up quite a bit now and could turn in a solid season in PPR leagues.
I’m somewhat surprised to see Ebron is only owned in 3.1 percent of NFL.com leagues, but I guess a lot of people aren’t expecting a breakout for the second-year tight end.
Lions’ coaches have talked up Ebron quite a bit this preseason, saying he has a better grasp of the playbook, and that could bode well for Ebron against the Chargers.
The Chargers did really well against opposing tight ends in 2014, they only allowed 61 catches, 692 yards, and three touchdowns. Pretty impressive.
However, Ebron is a different breed of tight end and there really isn’t any other tight end in the league that has his combination of size, speed, and athleticism. Not even Gronk or Jimmy Graham.
If a breakout is truly on the horizon, Ebron could take advantage of the Chargers somewhat weak group of linebackers.